Creative Process

Books, seminars, classes, DVDs, coaches, and others promise to teach you the keys to increasing your creativity, usually by giving you a certain set of exercises or activities designed to “unlock or unblock” hidden creative potential. Typically these programs or activities draw on the studies conducted by creativity researchers, or more specifically, on a particular […]

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Nurturing Creativity

Is it possible to teach or enhance creativity? Or is it a skill that some are born with or an innate ability that if properly nurtured only matures in some but not others? Research psychologists with an interest in creativity seek empirically based answers to these questions. They research how people cultivate skills in order […]

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Measuring Creativity

Rarely do we ever see the terms “measuring” and “creativity” in the same sentence, let alone placed snuggly together causing the reader’s mind to do a double flip over the meaning. Some might even consider “measuring creativity” an oxymoron. When staring at a colorful abstract painting, dancing, watching a movie, or losing ourselves in a […]

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Psychology of Creativity

When “Deathly Hallows,” the seventh book in the Harry Potter series went on sale in 2007, hysteria surrounded its release. Lines of children, teens, and parents, many dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters, queued up for hours, sometimes overnight, in front of bookstores to get their copies. So many lines, in fact, filled with […]

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Creativity in Education

Each spring, an Olympics of creativity takes place for grade school, high school, and college-aged kids, teams from around the world who come together on a U.S. college campus to showcase their creativity. The teams display their creativity in two ways. First, they solve a mind-twisting spontaneous problem, a problem they haven’t seen before but […]

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Creativity in Science

Great art and great science have a link, a link that begins deep within curious minds, a link that involves combining thoughts, stirring memories, perceiving sensations, creating new ideas, and producing original products. This “link” is called creative imagination. At the middle of the last century, linking creativity and science seemed odd, not especially practical […]

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Creative Children

In the mid to late 1970s, no one except serious hobbyists knew how to actually use “personal computers.” Most businesses didn’t own a PC, and commercial software hardly existed. Programs that were available were mainly for scientific applications or games. Yet a handful of teenagers who owned or built PCs spent long hours learning how […]

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Travel and Creativity

Hemingway wrote while in Cuba, and Gauguin painted in Tahiti; Mark Twain wrote his only best selling book during his lifetime “Innocents Abroad” on board a ship. And in the 1940s, on a Greyhound bus in the middle of the night in Kansas, Princeton physics researcher Freeman Dyson cracked the problem of quantum electrodynamics – […]

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